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CBS’ Hostages: Pilot Episode Details & First Look Images

By on August 30, 2013

Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott in Hostages. Image © CBS

Hostages, starring Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott, kicks off on CBS from Monday September 23rd.

Only one of two dramas picked up by the Network this Fall, the show is hotly tipped by critics (we’ve seen the pilot episode and can recommend!) to do well this season.

The drama centers on accomplished surgeon Ellen Sanders who has been selected to perform surgery on the President of the United States. However when she and her family are taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent, Ellen learns that their intention is to force her to kill the president.

Check out a new collection of images, courtesy of CBS, below, along with the Network’s official synopsis for the pilot episode.


“Pilot” – After Dr. Ellen Sanders, a prominent Washington D.C. surgeon, is handpicked to operate on the President of the United States, rogue FBI agent Duncan Carlisle and armed intruders suddenly take her and her family hostage. Scared and bewildered, Ellen soon learns the reason: unless she assassinates the President during surgery, her captors will kill them all, on the series premiere of HOSTAGES, Monday, Sept. 23 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

HOSTAGES, from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, stars Emmy Award winner Toni Collette and Golden Globe Award winner Dylan McDermott in a high-octane suspense drama about Dr. Ellen Sanders, a premiere surgeon thrust into a chilling political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle. Ellen and her family are held captive in their home by Carlisle, a desperate man doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, who orders her to assassinate the President when she operates on him. His highly skilled accomplices include his brother-in-law Kramer, whose loyalty to Carlisle will be tested; quick-tempered and intimidating Archer, an ex-military man with a razor-sharp tongue; and the only woman involved, Sandrine, a mysterious last-minute replacement to the team. With her family’s life in peril, Ellen faces an incomprehensible moral dilemma in order to save her overbearing husband Brian, her secretive daughter Morgan and her not-so-innocent son Jake. In this high-stakes standoff between Ellen and Carlisle, fraught with tremendous national and personal consequences, the choices between right and wrong become even more blurred.


Toni Collette (Dr. Ellen Sanders)
Dylan McDermott (Duncan Carlisle)
Tate Donovan (Brian Sanders)
Sandrine Holt (Sandrine)
Rhys Coiro (Kramer)
Billy Brown (Archer)
Quinn Shephard (Morgan Sanders)
Mateus Ward (Jake Sanders)
James Naughton (President Kincaid)

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